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Patricia "Patti" Ann Knight, 74, of Traverse City, passed away on Jan. 4, 2018. Patti was born on June 23, 1943 in Kasson Township to John and Regina (King) Gersh and was raised by her Uncle Ed and Aunt Francis Stanislawski since the age of 2 due to Regina's death.
Patti graduated from Traverse City Central High School in 1961.
Patti was employed with Kohl's and was one of the first employees hired to open the new Traverse City store.
She loved to travel and visited Hawaii, Cancun and Las Vegas and enjoyed going to the casinos with the girls. She was a personal friend of the late Jim Nabors and was invited to attend events and meet celebrities at his home. She always looked forward to the annual summer gathering at Robert and Phyllis Nottke's cottage on Lake Leelanau, where family and friends enjoyed a wonderful fish fry.
She is survived by her two sons, Jeffrey "Scott" (Sue) Knight and James "Chris" Knight; step grandchildren, Kevin (Leah) Poff and Kyle (Rachelle) Poff; five step great-grandchildren; sister, Ritha Korbin; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and her special lifelong friend, Shirley Wood, of Traverse City.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Betty Aydelotte and Phyllis (Robert) Nottke; and her aunt and uncle, Ed and Francis Stanislawski.
Per her wishes, a private family viewing has taken place for Patti. A luncheon will be held at a future date.
Memorial contributions in Patti's name may be directed to Munson Hospice, the new fifth floor cancer wing at Munson Medical Center and the Pavilions.
The family sends out a special thank you to the staff at Munson fifth floor cancer wing, staff at Munson Hospice and staff at the Pavilions Cherry wing for giving the best of care to their mom. Also a special thank you is extended to her coworkers at Kohl's for their support through her entire illness.
Please share your thoughts and memories with Patti's family by way of her online guestbook at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The family is being cared for by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on January 8, 2018
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